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No. 20 Missouri State women handle UNI

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Abby Hipp scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Alexa Willard scored 12 points as No. 20-ranked Missouri State beat the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team 80-66 in Missouri Valley Conference play Sunday at JQH Arena.

The Bears (14-2, 2-0) have now won five straight following a 64-52 loss to then 17th-ranked Gonzaga, showing no hangover from Friday’s thrilling victory over Drake.

“We just came together, we know that in the Valley you have one day to prepare for the next game so you can’t really stay on a high that much because anybody can beat you any day,” said Missouri State guard Mya Bhinhar.

Northern Iowa’s lone lead came at the outset when Karli Rucker made a 3-pointer 29 seconds in. Missouri State then ran off 13 straight and finished the first quarter up 20-11.

Brice Calip’s jump shot 6:56 before halftime put the Bears up 31-20 and they were up double digits until Rucker’s jumper with 8:06 left in third made it 45-36. Hipp made a 3 roughly 2 1/2 minutes later and Missouri State led by double digits the rest of the way. Calip added 11 points.

Rucker led Northern Iowa (9-5, 1-2) with 14 points and Abby Gerrits scored 13 off the bench.

The Panthers couldn’t overcome 17 turnovers and 34.4 percent shooting from the field. Missouri State took the battle of the boards, 47-36, and made 10 fewer turnovers than UNI.

Northern Iowa is back at home in next weekend’s MVC games, hosting Evansville on Friday and Indiana State on Sunday.

No. 20 Missouri St. 80, UNI 66

At Springfield, Mo.

N. IOWA (9-5, 1-2) — Rucker 4-16 4-4 14, Kroeger 2-6 0-0 6, Gunnels 2-4 2-2 7, Simon-Ressler 0-2 2-2 2, Wolf 3-6 2-2 9, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0, Finley 3-13 0-0 8, Cavey 0-2 0-0 0, Hillyard 2-4 1-2 7, Barney 0-0 0-0 0, Gerrits 5-8 1-1 13. TOTALS 21-61 12-13 66.

MISSOURI ST. (14-2, 4-0) — Calip 3-6 5-6 11, Wilson 2-6 2-3 6, Willard 5-11 2-4 12, Bhinhar 2-6 2-2 6, Franklin 3-7 3-6 9, Ruffridge 1-8 2-2 5, Hipp 7-10 0-0 15, Ealy 1-3 2-2 4, Manning 2-6 0-0 6, Gartner 3-7 0-2 6. TOTALS 29-70 18-27 80.

N. IOWA 11 19 12 24 — 66

MISSOURI ST. 20 25 14 21 — 80

3-Point Goals–UNI 12-31 (Hillyard 2-2, Kroeger 2-4, Gerrits 2-4, Rucker 2-5, Finley 2-8, Gunnels 1-3, Wolf 1-3, Simon-Ressler 0-1, Cavey 0-1), Missouri St. 4-14 (Manning 2-4, Hipp 1-1, Ruffridge 1-5, Calip 0-2, Ealy 0-2). Rebounds–UNI 36 (Gunnels 9), Missouri St. 47 (Gartner 10). Assists–UNI 11 (Rucker 4), Missouri St. 19 (four with 3). Total Fouls–UNI 21, Missouri St. 16. Fouled Out–none. A–2,360.

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